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Study: Balancing Ability May Reflect Stroke Risk
Friday, December 19, 2014
Trouble balancing on one leg for 20 seconds may indicate blood vessel damage in your brain and predict your risk of stroke, according to a new study.  The findings hold true, even if there are no symptoms of brain disease. Japanese researchers at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Kyoto University say individuals who showed poor balance while standing on one foot should receive increased medical attention. They measured leg-standing time in a group of almost 1,400 otherwise... (Full Story)

Researchers: Regular Exercise Changes Our DNA and Health
Friday, December 19, 2014
Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have proven that physical exercise changes not only our health, but also our DNA. It has been known that certain diets or exposure to chemicals can change the way genes send and receive biochemical signals in the body, but nothing was known about the influence of exercise. Swedish scientists asked 23 young, healthy men and women to exercise on stationary bikes with only one leg, several times a week for three months. Simple comparison... (Full Story)

Scientists: Superintelligent Robots May Be Dominant Form of Life
Friday, December 19, 2014
According to a group of prominent U.S. scientists, the dominant form of life in the universe is likely not biological creatures... but superintelligent robots. As improved astronomical instruments keep discovering potentially habitable planets in our galaxy, these scientists say it is becoming more obvious that someday we may encounter other intelligent life forms. And, they predict, it will be artificially intelligent. They say the way artificial intelligence is developing on Earth... (Full Story)

Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope
Friday, December 19, 2014
A flash mob on St. Peter’s Square danced the tango earlier this week to honor Argentine Pope Francis on his 78th birthday. The biggest present, however, may be the one he gave — the secret mediation of renewed diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, which was made public on Wednesday. "Today we are all happy because we have seen two countries, which had moved away from each other for many years, take a step closer yesterday," Francis said the following day in his... (Full Story)

Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy
Friday, December 19, 2014
For decades, older, more conservative Cuban Americans have been gathering at Café Versailles in Miami on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba, a number of political and economic exiles from the communist nation gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. Raymond Molina is one of them. The former Supreme Court judge in Havana once sat on the trials of... (Full Story)

Pakistan Kills Scores of Militants After School Massacre
Friday, December 19, 2014
Pakistan has intensified counterterrorism security operations near the border with Afghanistan, killing scores of Islamist militants since Tuesday’s school massacre that left 149 people dead, most of them children. A top Pakistani official said evidence suggesting the attackers were in contact with “elements” on the Afghan side of the border had been shared with Kabul for a coordinated action against the perpetrators. The Pakistani military’s media wing said 32 insurgents were killed... (Full Story)

US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans
Friday, December 19, 2014
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation. (Full Story)

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions
Friday, December 19, 2014
Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 100 people Sunday from the village of Gumsuri, Nigeria, after raiding the town and killing 35 other residents, according to survivors of the attack. They said those taken are primarily women and children. Kidnappings would not be a new strategy for Boko Haram, although no one has claimed responsibility. 2014 saw a dramatic uptick in Boko Haram kidnappings as the sect seized territory in the northeast. The sect also grabbed women and... (Full Story)

Strife, Mutual Interests Mark Cuba-US Ties
Friday, December 19, 2014
Separated by 90 miles, the United States and Cuba have had a long history of discord and shared interests. Cuba's proximity to the United States made it a one-time vacation destination for Americans before Cuban rebel Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 and established a socialist government. Over the decades of the U.S.-imposed embargo, travel all but dried up. Instead, many Cubans sought refuge across the Florida Straits. There are now 1.9 million people living in the U.S. who... (Full Story)

Ailing Bouteflika Will Continue to Lead Algeria, Party Leader Says
Friday, December 19, 2014
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's cognitive faculties are intact and he will continue to govern Algeria, the ruling FLN party's chairman said Friday, in comments aimed at quashing rumors about the aging leader's health. Bouteflika, 78, suffered a stroke last year that put him into a French hospital for months and fueled speculation about whether the former independence fighter would make way for a transition in the North African state. The president has been seen only rarely... (Full Story)

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